Why Jose Mourinho Hugged This Reporter After The Sevilla Draw
February 22, 2018
Manchester United came away from their Champions League last 16 first leg clash with Sevilla with a goalless draw on Spanish soil, but their manager was in high spirits nevertheless.
The Red Devils were perhaps lucky not to have tasted defeat in Seville, with star stopper David de Gea making several sublime saves to spare their blushes on the road.
Jose Mourinho’s decision to leave Paul Pogba on the bench from the start caused quite a stir before the game, opting instead to play young promising midfielder Scott McTominay.
The Portuguese coach was clearly annoyed that the majority of questions during his post-match press conference were based around Frenchman Pogba, until he met a reporter who wanted to talk about someone else.
After having to face plenty of questions regarding his decision to drop record-signing Pogba, Mourinho welcomed a different approach from BT Sport reporter Des Kelly.
The Manchester United tactician was so glad to hear young McTominay mentioned that he offered the journalist in question a hug during their meeting.
McTominay was featuring in only his fourth game in Europe and his second start in the Champions League, after being chosen ahead of Pogba in the line-up.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a decent latest showing against the Spanish side, giving Steven N’Zonzi or Ever Banega little time on the ball throughout proceedings.
Mourinho will likely turn to Pogba in the second leg after an overall underwhelming performance in the first meeting, as they aim to make the quarter-finals this season.